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Author of the Month

MJ Carter

After working in publishing it was while recovering from a period of illness in 1994 that Miranda Carter
started work on her first book, a biography, Anthony Blunt, His Lives. It was published in 2001 and won the Orwell Prize and the Royal Society of Literature’s W.H. Heinemann award, and was named as one of the New York Times seven best books of 2002.

Her second book, The Three Emperors, was about the relationship between King George V, the last Tsar and the last Kaiser in the years leading up to World War One. It took another five years and was shortlisted for the LA Times Biography of the Year and the Hesse Tiltmann history prize.  In 2010, after taking nearly 15 years to write two books (and having had two children along the way), Miranda decided she was ready to try something different which would allow her to use her love of historical research but give her the freedom to use her imagination. She was fascinated by the 1840s, a decade full of disorientating change and invention, and decided on the period as the setting for her Blake and Avery mysteries which are published under the name M.J. Carter. The Strangler Vine, the first in the series, was published in 2014.

Miranda lives with her partner and two sons in London, barely five miles from where she was born and grew up.